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El Granada man gets 7 years in prison for crash that killed Apple software engineer

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REDWOOD CITY – A 54-year-old El Granada man accused of hitting and killing an Apple software engineer on a windy mountain road in La Honda nearly eight years ago has pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter, according to prosecutors.

Tom Shelton Doane was actually found guilty of the same charge in 2017, but a state appeals court reversed the conviction four years later. San Mateo County prosecutors refiled the charge; rather than face a second trial, Doane entered a no-contest plea Monday in Superior Court, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Doane was sentenced to seven years in state prison. However, with credit for time already served, he will not spend another day behind bars, according to Wagstaffe.

Judge Sean Dabel also ordered Doane to pay more than $1 million in restitution to the victim’s widow.

The fatal traffic collision happened in the 7400 block of La Honda Road on March 27, 2016. Francois Jouaux, 46, of Woodside, was returning home after a day of kitesurfing when Doane crossed into the opposing lane and hit him head-on. Doane’s Ford F-250 then continued over Jouaux’s Honda Civic, causing the lethal injuries.

Jouaux was pronounced dead at the scene. Doane, meanwhile, left the area and later showed up at a hospital in Redwood City with a badly mangled left arm and hand.

Jouaux’s death left his family reeling. In an interview with this news organization shortly after he died, Jouaux’s wife, Arancha Casal, recalled her husband as a “wonderful father” who knew how to expertly balance work and play. When he wasn’t working at Apple, he was kitesurfing, windsurfing

Francoois Jouaux, 46, of Woodside, died in 2016 when an allegedly drunken driver crossed the double-yellow line on La Honda Road and hit him head-on, according to the CHP. (Courtesy photo)
Francoois Jouaux, 46, of Woodside, died in 2016 when an allegedly drunken driver crossed the double-yellow line on La Honda Road and hit him head-on, according to the CHP. (Courtesy photo) 

, skiing, snowboarding and fishing.

“Whenever the weekend came, he didn’t just sit in front of the computer or read a book,” she said at the time. “He would just go out and have fun but in a happy way.”



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